Royal Flash

Overview

Novelist George MacDonald Fraser penned the script for this swashbuckling, picaresque adventure tale. The story is based on one of the books in his "Harry Flashman" series, loose sequels to "Tom Brown's Schooldays" that followed that story's central bully character through his checkered post-graduate military career. Malcolm McDowell plays Captain Harry Flashman, a cowardly, lascivious poseur who desperately seeks entry into high European society. Recognizing an opportunity to advance their own sinister political...
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Overview

Novelist George MacDonald Fraser penned the script for this swashbuckling, picaresque adventure tale. The story is based on one of the books in his "Harry Flashman" series, loose sequels to "Tom Brown's Schooldays" that followed that story's central bully character through his checkered post-graduate military career. Malcolm McDowell plays Captain Harry Flashman, a cowardly, lascivious poseur who desperately seeks entry into high European society. Recognizing an opportunity to advance their own sinister political agendas, scheming Otto Von Bismarck Oliver Reed and Rudi Von Sternberg Alan Bates convince Flashman to masquerade as a Prussian noble and marry a beautiful duchess Britt Ekland, a flawed plan to which Flashman agrees. Inevitably, the transparent ruse is discovered, and Flashman is forced to try to escape across 19th century Europe, narrowly missing one disaster after another and experiencing first-hand some of history's most momentous events. Director Richard Lester and Fraser used similar baroque settings, tongue-in-cheek characterizations, elaborate stunts and breakneck pacing for The Three Musketeers 1973 and its sequel, The Four Musketeers 1974 with similar efficacy. Fraser would try again with analogous material three years later with Crossed Swords 1978, a lavish version of The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although something of a missed opportunity, Royal Flash is a moderately entertaining comedy-adventure. Those who are unfamiliar with the George MacDonald Fraser series of comic novels will be more likely to enjoy Flash than devotees of the books, for the tone of the movie Flash is quite alien to that of the novels. This is chiefly due to director Richard Lester, whose trademark frenetic slapstick style is far too over-the-top for the material. Lester's style and pacing are so insistent, however, that they can't help but create a number of sequences that are quite funny, and several more that at least are of such visual interest that they make one forget that the film as a whole isn't holding together the way it should. And then there's Oliver Reed, who gives a wonderful performance as Otto Von Bismarck, practically stealing the show. The problem is that, as good as he is in this role, he would have been even better in the leading role of Flashman. Instead, that role goes to Malcolm McDowell, who physically is all wrong and who doesn't really "get" the character. This is a problem for which the rest of the cast, including an okay Britt Ekland, a very good Alan Bates and a delicious Alastair Sim (in what is almost a cameo role), cannot make up. Despite its flaws, Flash is worth seeing, especially for those who liked the director's not-terribly-dissimilar Three and Four Musketeers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • EAN: 5060082517716
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Source: Ais
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 63,296

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Malcolm McDowell Flashman
Alan Bates Rudi Von Sternberg
Florinda Bolkan Lola Montez
Oliver Reed Otto Von Bismarck
Britt Ekland Dutchess Irma
Lionel Jeffries Kraftstein
Tom Bell De Gautet
Joss Ackland Sapten
Christopher Cazenove Hansen
Roy Kinnear Old Roue
Alastair Sim Mr. Greig
Michael Hordern Headmaster
Ben Aris Fireman
Arthur Brough
Margaret Courtenay
Leon Greene Grundwig
Frank Grimes Lieutenant
Roger Hammond Master
Bob Hoskins
Richard Hurndall
David Jason The Mayor
Noel Johnson Lord Chamberlain
Rula Lenska Helga
Richard Pearson
Bob Peck Police Inspector
John Stuart English General
Les Weldon Policeman
Les Weldon Policeman
Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Alan Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
George MacDonald Fraser Screenwriter
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Denis O'Dell Producer
David V. Picker Producer
Paul Rabiger Makeup
John Richardson Special Effects
John Victor Smith Editor
Ken Thorne Score Composer
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Vincent Winter Asst. Director
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